Wounded Covington cop retires

Matt Cooper has officially retired as a police officer in Covington: Cooper was shot and critically wounded five years ago in Newton County, shot in the head while responding to a shoplifting call. He’s been working to recover ever since.

From WSB TV…

It was a special Friday as a metro Atlanta police department sent well wishes for one of their own who was shot in the line of duty but is now retiring.

Channel 2 Action News has been following Officer Matt Cooper’s journey since 2018. The officer was shot in the head when he responded to a shoplifting call on Labor Day in 2018.

In 2019, Channel 2′s Mark Winne sat down with Cooper and his wife, Kristen Cooper, at the Shepherd Center, where the officer was recovering from a brain injury.

Cooper told Winne that he was thankful for the support his family had received and that he drew his strength from the important things.

“Our community, God, my wife, our kids and music,” he said. “I feel very appreciative of all the donations and prayers, support from my community.

On Friday, the Covington Police Department said they felt blessed to serve alongside a brave individual.

“Our department feels blessed that we had the privilege to serve alongside such a brave individual, strong in faith, physicality and character, not to mention an incredible sense of humor and huge heart,” the department wrote on Facebook.

In a five-minute video posted to the department’s Facebook page, it recognized the officer with events he participated in including the department’s annual Fuzz Run.

The department says Cooper will always be a part of the CPD Family.

“As a department, we will always strive to be #148strong,” the department states, recognizing the officer’s badge number.

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.



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